NDN All-Star #7 Billy Mills, a member of the Oglala Sioux, was the winner of the Gold Medal in the 10,000 meter race at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. It was an extraordinary achievement, given his humble beginnings on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. His amazing come-from-behind victory has since become a source of inspiration for Native Americans everywhere. Click the link to see him pour on the speed to win the Gold Medal! It gives me goose bumps every time I see it!
His story is one that shows that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and never give up – regardless of where you come from. It has been told numerous times, and was even made into a movie in 1983 called “Running Brave“.
Billy has used his celebrity to good effect. He is the national spokesperson for the “Running Strong for American Indian Youth” foundation, doing great work to provide better lives and opportunities for the next generations of Native youth. Click the link and see how you can help their efforts.
As the only American to win the Gold Medal in the 10,000 meter race, NDN All-Star #7 Billy Mills is a true NDN All-Star!
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